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Request for Proposals: Direct White Pages
RFP Release Date: November 14, 2014
Proposals Due: December 5, 2014 (11:59pm EDT)
Anticipated Contract Start Date: December 19, 2014
Email all Correspondence to: RFPContact@nyehealth.org

The Direct Project is one part of an overall national strategy to connect healthcare providers through a Nationwide Health Information Network. The Direct Project specifies a simple, secure, scalable, and standards-based way for participants to send authenticated, encrypted health information directly to known, trusted recipients over the Internet. The Direct Project focuses on the technical standards and services necessary to securely push content from a sender to a receiver and not the actual content exchanged. For example, a primary care physician who is referring a patient to a specialist can use the Direct Project to provide a clinical summary of that patient to the specialist and to receive a summary of the consultation.

This project is intended to create a “Direct White Pages” that makes the information contained in individual provider directories (Direct addresses, basic provider and organizational information) available to healthcare providers to allow for information exchange between providers and to support transitions of care, referrals, and other care coordination efforts. This initiative, its policies, and deliverables are referred to as the Statewide Direct Address White Pages (“White Pages”). Direct secure messaging is used for healthcare communication with the ability to support standards-based transactions. Healthcare providers wishing to send and receive Direct messages, must work with a Health Information Service Provider (HISP). Disparate HISPs and edge systems which connect to HISPs (such as EHR systems and provider portals) contain directories consisting of Direct addresses, organization names, physical addresses, telephone numbers and oftentimes NPI’s (National Provider Identifier). In order for one provider to send a Direct message to another, it is important to find the other provider’s Direct address easily and efficiently. That is the purpose of this project.

The New York eHealth Collaborative is soliciting bids in order to identify a vendor that will create the Direct White Pages. The Direct White Pages will be used to query and view Direct addresses uploaded by clinicians and authorized users within New York State. Registration will be handled via an online accessible webpage that will accept user information, display a privacy policy, display the terms and conditions of use, generate a user id and password, and only allow access to authorized users. The Direct White Pages will capture, store, import, and export registration information in standards based format. Stored information will be displayable via a graphical user interface (GUI).

NYeC RFP Direct White Pages